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Lethal Legacy: Raff Rafferty Mystery Series, Book 5 is a murder mystery written by Robert Joseph. Raff is currently the hospital chaplain at Ryan Medical Center in Seattle. His daughter, Fati, had resigned her job as an LAPD detective and was travelling in Spain to become more acquainted with her Spanish roots, through her Mexican grandmother on her father’s side. Raff is perturbed when Fati calls him with the announcement that she had gotten married while on the island of Ibiza. Her husband, an American named Arch Lindor, literally swept her off her feet and insisted that the two of them get married before they set sail for the states on his yacht. Aside from his claims that he is part of the Lindor chocolate dynasty, Fati has been able to find out little about him, even with her training as a police detective. Arch is working in the pool industry and his work is based in Florida where they shared a small apartment. When Fati gets word that her great-aunt, Lupe, has died and left her entire estate to her, Fati is stunned. Arch is not enthusiastic about her plan to fly out and meet Lupe’s attorney, but Fati is determined to go nonetheless. When she gets there, her meeting with Jeremy Timmerman, Lupe’s lawyer, leaves her troubled and confused: Lupe had been murdered in her home, and a man named Richard Ross was claiming to be the rightful heir to the estate.
Robert Joseph’s murder mystery, Lethal Legacy, is a suspenseful and classy homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller movies. Fati’s new role as a wife and the heir to a fortune leaves her at the mercy of her aunt’s friend, Walter, who seems to be determined to play a major role in her life, and her new husband’s behavior and attitudes are beginning to trouble the love struck young woman. The reader can’t help but get involved and want to warn her somehow of the dangers she faces. Joseph weaves a compelling and exciting story filled with undercurrents of violence and mystery, as Fati’s aunt’s Mayan antiquities collection is permeated with grim and horrific reminders of human sacrifice and harsh gods, and the death toll continues to mount. I enjoyed seeing Fati begin to remember her police training and take on a more assertive and self-reliant role in dealing with the estate and its management. Lethal Legacy is well-written and superbly plotted, and it’s a joy to read. It’s highly recommended.